NATIONAL LAUNCH OF A CLUE A DAY 2020
The National Launch of a Clue a Day (ACAD) was held at DPS Patna on 30th January 2020. The cloudy wintry morning was brightened by the erudition of the dignitaries who were present for the event. The national launch of ACAD was graced by Dr. (Prof.) Arun Kumar Agrawal, Vice Chancellor of Aryabhatta Knowledge University, Patna and Mr. Vivek Kumar Singh, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary. Govt. of Bihar. The programme started with the rendition of shlok and prayer song whose resonating melody added warmth and cheer to the atmosphere.
The Opening address was delivered by Mr. B. Vinod, Principal and he welcomed the distinguished guests with potted plants. Thereafter Mr. Vivek Kumar Singh addressed the students and introduced A-CLUE-A-DAY as a daily individual cryptic clue solving contest for schoolchildren in the country, designed to teach them the way to solve cryptic crosswords and hone their skills by daily practice. He emphasized the fact that it has been scientifically proven that solving crosswords improves a person’s analytical abilities and vocabulary. Starting the same at a young age gives a child an edge over others in curricular as well as extra-curricular pursuits. The ACAD contest is a first of its kind opportunity for students to compete with their counterparts all over India and in the process boost their vocabulary, reasoning and wit, and of course, a daily prize too! He also mentioned that a slightly different format is being introduced this year by which there will be two different levels i.e. ACAD for school students and ACAD PLUS which will be open for all age groups. In an effort to curb drop outs after the first month and to motivate students for retaining the spirit of competition, the number of marks that can be scored will be systematically increased in each consecutive month. Finally he congratulated the DPS team comprising of Adnan Jamal and Anoushka Singh who were the second runners up in ACAD 2019.
Dr. Arun Kumar Agrawal, Vice Chancellor, AKU also inspired the students by drawing attention to the importance of crosswords and its connection with neurons in transmitting signals to the brain which in turn enhances the IQ of students. He encouraged students to keep looking for new challenges so as to develop mental ability and create competition with oneself. He also appreciated the school management for the organisation of this event and praised the students for being a patient and disciplined audience. The programme concluded with the presentation of special Cryptic Crossword mementoes by Mr. Vivek Kumar Singh to the guests and the singing of national anthem marked the close of a valuable hour of inspiring thoughts and words.